When I was around 19 years old, I was in South Asia, along with my mission team. It was summertime, and there were several hundred of us young people gathered together. Our leader, George Verwer, shared with us from Hebrews 4:1–2:
“Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.”
George simply talked about letting go and not striving anymore. “Let it be,” he said. “Don’t hold on to your life. Don’t fight for anything. Let the Lord be God, and there is rest. There’s no strife.” And I never forgot that message.
God is sovereign. No matter what, whether we understand what is happening or not, He is sovereign. We are His children, and He is watching over us. You never need to despair if you know Him because He will never allow anything into your life that He is not in control of. He has a purpose in everything.
I don’t know where you are in your walk with the Lord. But I think the Lord is always looking for us to remain in a place of total dependence and childlike innocence, relying on Him. It’s not about trying to figure out all the answers or being smart or clever. Instead, as earthen vessels, we look to Him and say, “Lord, let it be. I don’t understand all these things, but I can depend on You. I want to be an instrument used by You.”
I encourage you to take a moment right now to offer yourself to Him. God’s not looking for superstars or perfect people. He’s not looking for those who know all the answers. He’s not looking for a bunch of Ph.D.s who can write down brilliant theological explanations about Scripture. He is looking for little children who will turn to Him and listen. Our hope is in Him. Let us be trusting God completely.
So as we read the stories and testimonies of transformed lives in Asia, let them be a reminder and an encouragement—a reminder of God’s unwavering power and love, and an encouragement that through us, through our partners across the globe and through the faithful workers in Asia, He is changing lives for eternity.
Some of this material appeared on K.P. Yohannan’s blog on March 26, 2018. You can find the entire post at kpyohannan.org/2019/08/08/trusting-god-like-little-children/